Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and his junior minister Kathleen Lynch announced today a much needed boost for the health service, in an attempt to alleviate long waiting lists and chronic overcrowding, among other issues.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Varadkar said ‘What we have in the plan are time-defined actions: what’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen and who’s responsible for making it happen.’
According to him, previous plans had worked ‘initially’ but then fallen by the wayside. This time around, he plans to involve “a small oversight group to monitor actions every four-to-six weeks”.
The money will be used to tackle delayed hospital discharges, overlong hospital stays, and slow patient processing in emergency departments.